The Mashatu’s terrain ranges from sands and savannah plains to marshland and riverside wood. The area is often referred to as ‘Land of Giants’ for its prolific array of large land animals – among these the elephant, giraffe, ostrich – and its namesake, the Mashatu tree. Wild dog, leopard and lion also inhabit the reserve as well as a host of bird species.
Guests will find that they are surrounded by scenes from the locale inside and out. The 14 climate-controlled suites display beautiful black and white prints of the area’s wildlife. Each suite boasts an en suite bathroom with both bath and shower facilities, plus a double bed, single bed and roomy seating area with day bed – quite comfortable accommodations for parties large and small. Warm fabrics hand-woven wool rugs mingle with the basket-weave furniture and terra cotta floors – luxury amidst subtle reminders of the exterior surround.
Interact with nature in a uniquely private manner as you stroll torch-lit paths throughout the camp. Glimpse bathing elephants and other thirsty bush denizens in the property’s waterholes, and take in the symphony of the resident birds and breezes through the grasses and trees. Relax between game activities in the swimming pool and set off for more history in the Discovery Room, a collection of ancient curiosities and animal specimens that pre-date humans. Have a quick visit with the camp’s family of crocodiles, both large and small, who happily live in the marshes on the grounds. Your evening dining room is beneath the thatched-roof open-air boma where home-cooked cuisine of local produce and savory meat dishes are served.
Explore the variety of terrain with accomplished guides on thrilling mountain bake safaris or leisurely walking tours. The most lasting of all the camp’s offerings is the rare opportunity for a first-hand experience of the conservation efforts in the region. Accompany a Mashatu research team as they track and collar near-endangered elephants and predators – a truly once in a lifetime close encounter. Guests will also learn about the Northern Tuli Predator Project, a comprehensive study of the large carnivores in the reserve. Behavior, reproduction and movement patterns of lions, leopards, wild dogs and hyena are the focus of this study. The efforts of the Mashatu team can be felt throughout the region, with a steady growth in population beginning to emerge.